UC Irvine (3-3) at Pepperdine (2-2)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 24, 10 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Firestone Fieldhouse (3,104) -- Malibu, California.
Television: None. Home Record: UCI 2-0, Pepperdine 1-0. Away Record: UCI
0-2, Pepperdine 1-2. Neutral Record: UCI 1-1, Pepperdine 0-0. Conference
Record: UCI 0-0, Pepperdine 0-0. Series Record: Series is tied, 10-10.
GAME NOTES: Hoping to play only the required 40 minutes on Saturday night, the
Pepperdine Waves entertain the Anteaters of UC Irvine in non-conference action
at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu.
After opening the season with consecutive setbacks against Cal State
Northridge and California on the road, the Waves have had to go to overtime in
each of their last two outings in order to balance their record at 2-2. First
it was a 58-56 final versus Washington State in the home opener last week and
then on Tuesday, Pepperdine slipped by Houston Baptist in a 57-53 final.
As for the Anteaters, they already have six games under their belts, and are
trying to snap a brief two-game slide this weekend. UCI took part in
subregional action of the Legends Classic in Texas earlier this week and began
the three-day stretch with a victory over Liberty (64-46), before bowing to
both Southern Miss (69-65) and Sam Houston State (65-63), the latter in
overtime on Wednesday.
The all-time series between these two teams is tied at 10-10, with Pepperdine
holding a 7-2 edge in Firestone Fieldhouse.
Battling back from a double-digit deficit in the first half against the
Bearkats, UCI Irvine managed to make it to overtime but then shot just 1-of-6
from the floor in the period to suffer the loss. Chris McNealy led the way for
the squad with 16 points to go along with seven rebounds and seven assists off
the bench. Adam Folker contributed with seven points and 13 rebounds before
fouling out, while Will Davis accounted for six points and 12 boards for the
squad. Michael Wilder, the team's leading scorer on the season with 11.8 ppg,
missed all seven of his three-point tries, finishing 2-of-11 from the floor
for his five points in 33 minutes. The other double-digit scorer for the team
at the moment is Daman Starring with 11.4 ppg. Folker (6.3 ppg) is pacing the
program on the glass with seven rebounds per game, but he has already fouled
out of two contests and is not always an asset on the floor with his mere 4-
of-18 shooting at the free-throw line.
Despite making just eight field goals in the second half against Houston
Baptist in the last outings, the Waves were able to force an overtime session
where they held the Huskies to just 1-of-6 shooting from the floor in order to
capture the four-point win. Lorne Jackson overcame just 3-of-13 shooting from
the floor as he tallied a game-high 17 points, thanks to his 9-of-12 showing
at the charity stripe. Jett Raines added 12 points and Stacy Davis another six
to go along with a team-best 10 rebounds, although he too had trouble from the
floor (3-of-12) just like fellow starter Jordan Baker (1-of-8). Jackson leads
the team in scoring at the moment with his 14.5 ppg, taking advantage of his
opportunities at the free-throw line where he is 19-of-23. Unfortunately,
everywhere else Jackson has failed to hit the mark, shooting just 23.3 percent
behind the three-point line and 32.7 percent from the field overall. Baker and
Davis check in with 11.5 and 10.5 ppg, respectively, as well.
If Wilder has another off night like he did in the last outing for the
Anteaters, expect to see Pepperdine take advantage and quite possibly score
the win at home.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: UC Irvine 61, Pepperdine 57
11/24 10:38:37 ET